2018 Tobacco Use Prevention Policy Priorities
- Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program Funding: Promote tobacco use prevention and cessation in North Carolina through statewide, evidence-based and/or evidence-informed policies and appropriations for tobacco use prevention and cessation program.
- Secure CDC-recommended levels of funding for evidence-based tobacco prevention and cessation programs in North Carolina.
- Secondhand Smoke: Promote evidence-based policies that protect public health by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Protect existing smoke-free law which made restaurants and bars smoke-free on January 2, 2010.
- Monitor opportunities to expand existing smoke-free law by promoting legislation to make all NC worksites and public places 100% smoke-free.
- Local Control: Support legislation that expands local control.
- Support legislation that expands and protects local control, including supporting legislation that will allow communities and state and local universities to pass regulations to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Support local efforts to implement evidence-based tobacco control policies.
- Cigarette Excise Tax: Support an increase in North Carolina’s cigarette excise tax by at least $1.00 and support an excise tax increase on other tobacco (non-cigarette) products to a tax rate equivalent with that of cigarettes.
- Tobacco 21: Monitor Tobacco 21 legislation and ensure it is evidence-based.
- Support and protect funding and evidence-based programs that align with other items on the policy agenda.
Promote: Actively advocate for
Support: Sign letters of support, forward action alerts
Monitor: Track and react to as necessary